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5.0 out of 5 stars Desert Island Disc #1
When asked the hypothetical question, what if you were stranded on a desert island with a portable CD player and could only have one CD, which CD would you want? Without hesitation, my answer is "The Monkees Greatest Hits." Their upbeat music has stood the test of time very well. I have very fond memories of watching their TV show as a young man growing up in the...
Published on Jan. 8 2003 by Michael King

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2.0 out of 5 stars OK...But there are better Monkees "Best Ofs"
This is an odd collection to call "Greatest Hits". It doesn't contain a complete collection of singles... Its debatable whether an album-only track like 'I Wanna Be Free' deserves inclusion over say, 'For Pete's Sake', or 'Cuddly Toy'. Likewise, 'D.W. Washburn' - which was assuredly never a hit - stands out from the rest of the tracks like a pothole in the road.
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Published on July 19 2004 by M. J KILLEEN


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2.0 out of 5 stars OK...But there are better Monkees "Best Ofs", July 19 2004
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M. J KILLEEN (Collingdale, PA USA) - See all my reviews
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This is an odd collection to call "Greatest Hits". It doesn't contain a complete collection of singles... Its debatable whether an album-only track like 'I Wanna Be Free' deserves inclusion over say, 'For Pete's Sake', or 'Cuddly Toy'. Likewise, 'D.W. Washburn' - which was assuredly never a hit - stands out from the rest of the tracks like a pothole in the road.
If you're a completist, you may want to buy this if only because it's the only single disc that contains 'Washburn' and 'Its Nice To Be With You'.
If you're looking for a single-disc collection of the best Monkees songs, go for "Best of The Monkees" which has 25 songs on one disc, and a much more balanced selection of songs that represented The Monkees's best work from their original run.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great collection!, May 19 2004
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Had to put in my two cents worth having been a Monkees fan since 1966 and set the record straight...one of the reviews calls this collection "the worst of the worst" and says that not having even Hendrix or Jim Morrison in the lineup could have saved them...that's about as far away from the point of these guys as you could get! The Monkees were about entertaining people and having fun...Morrison or Hendrix would have been about as out of place here as mustard on chocolate...to be fair, Jimi and the boys understood each other and even toured (however briefly) together. Mike and Peter and company would get into disguise and go into the audience during his set to catch a look at him onstage. Furthermore, these were hardly what you could consider the worst of the worst when the chart success on a lot of the songs speaks for itself. Carole King, Neil Diamond, Tommy Boyce, Bobby Hart, Harry Nilsson, and countless other fantastic songwriters all played a part in bringing this music to millions of fans and the reunion tours in the 80s and 90s showed they weren't wrong. Sure the CD works out to about an hour but there are 20 tracks here, and perhaps best of all, you get the sadly overlooked gem "Heart & Soul" from 1987 (thanks MTV for the sour grapes). The Monkees made a lot of fans happy, and people still enjoy the music to this day, never mind that the series is out on beautifully remastered DVDs. To the guy who said "worst of the worst", don't disrespect what you just don't understand!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hey Hey, not bad., Feb. 28 2004
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No matter how much musical "credibility" the Monkees have now, you can't deny that they sang some of the most fun and catchy songs to come out of 1960's pop (and if cedibility is a problem to you, then don't look too hard at some of the "artists" today then, either). Most of their hits are here, and it's not a bad place to start looking at Davey Jones and co.
Instantly recognizable hits like "(Theme From) The Monkees", "I'm a Believer", "Daydream Believer", "(I'm Not Your) Stepping Stone)", "Pleasant Valley Sunday", and "Last Train to Clarksville" are all here. Other real standouts are the lesser known "Porpoise Song", "The Girl That I Knew Somewhere", That Was Then, This is Now", "Words", and "Listen to the Band". Overall it's a load of great music at a very reasonable price, and you definitely get your money's worth on this compilation.
Also of note, is that this collection contains a lot of B-sides and alternative versions of songs that are unavailable on their other discs (I know, I know, possibly a scheme by Rhino), and it is essential to complete any Monkees collection. Even though it's a great set of music, I'm giving it 4 stars because I really don't think it's quite up to snuff as a replacement for the Arista label release "Then and Now... The Best of the Monkees", which is currently out of print (definitely pick it up on Ebay or a used CD store if you can find it). Still, it's a lot of fun to listen to, and a great glimpse into one of the most misunderstood bands in rock/pop history.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent compilation, but..., May 29 2003
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One of the finest American rock bands to come out of the sixties was, without question, the Monkees. These guys knew how to rock and roll. In fact, of all the bands in the world at the time who used an altered spelling of an animal name for their band name, they are the second best one (second only to the Beatles.) In 1995, this compilation of the band's twenty greatest hits was released on CD. How does it measure up?
If it's the Monkees, it's gotta be good.
If you're looking for an inexpensive but effective Monkees compilation that covers all the hits, but gives you a little something extra, you've come to the right place! Every one of the band's big hits can be found here (The theme from the band's TV show, Last Train To Clarksville, Steppin' Stone, Pleasant Valley Sunday, Daydream Believer, Valleri.) And of course, there are the two tracks the band did that were written by the one and only Neil Diamond (I'm A Believer and A Little Bit Me A Little Bit You.) And then there are unpopular songs. Though many of these stay true to the stylings of the hits, many like the Porpoise Song are about as different as you can get. It experiments with psychedelic stuff, something this band didn't do much of. This track was the theme to Head, the band's film, which bombed horribly. Why did their film do so poorly? For one one thing, it was rated R, so most of the band's fans (who were kids) couldn't even get into the theatre. And the few that DID manage to get it were left puzzled (the band members all die in the first few minutes of the film.) Okay, enough Head talk, I'll get back to the compilation. As another reviewer stated, many tracks are single edits. Many hits compilatons due this for reasons unknown. I have only one complaint with this collection - The twenty tracks don't fill the eighty minutes on a CD. In fact, there are about twenty spare minutes! In short, whoever put this compilation together was obviously more concerned with putting together a nice, round number of songs than filling it to the brim with more excellent material. Also, a new Monkees hits album was just released, which features more tracks and a bonus karaoke disc. I recommend THAT compilation over this one.
Final verdict? As good as this compilation is, I have to recommend the new one, due to its extra content. However, you may be able to find this one for a lower price. If you're budget-minded, keep that in mind. The Monkees knew how to rock and roll, and this compilation demonstrates that well.
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4.0 out of 5 stars GREAT PLACE TO START, BUT DON'T END UP BEING A SUCKER..., March 19 2003
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This is a decent (not the best) compilation of the Monkees Greatest Hits. Since 1969 countless record companies have tried to come up with a definitive Monkees Greatest Hits. It seems almost impossible to do since The Monkees have too much great material to place on one CD. However if you're just getting into the pre-fab four Rhino's Greatest Hits is the best place to start.
I made the mistake of not buying this album first and instead choosing 'The Monkees Anthology' over it. It's true that the double disc anthology is a far better compilation than this, but if you plan to buy all 9 of The Monkees classic albums after you've gotten a taste with a Best Of compilation then you'll want to get this CD. Why? because there are a few songs found on this cd that have not appeared anywhere else except on big expensive box sets. Particularily D.W. WASHBURN, IT'S NICE TO BE WITH YOU, A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU and the original version THE GIRL I KNEW SOMEWHERE. With all do respect to the good folks at Rhino, but they could have included these tracks as more bonus selections on the Monkees 9 reissues. Instead they issued this greatest hits, a little less than a year after they reissued all of The Monkees original albums with a few songs not included on any of those 9 CD's. Thus forcing Monkeemaniacs to go out and buy a cd with only four songs they need on it. This is not the first time they have done this. Oh well, it doesn't hurt to listen to any of The Monkees hits yet again.
This album has tons of great Monkees classics such as the Monkees #1 hits I'M A BELIEVER, LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE, and DAYDREAM BELIEVER. As well as other favourites like I WANNA BE FREE, I'M NOT YOUR STEPPIN' STONE, MARY MARY, VALLERI, PLEASANT VALLEY SUNDAY, WORDS, THE PORPOISE SONG and LISTEN TO THE BAND. Although some selections are questionable (particularily the final two 80's tracks) and others missing (TAKE A GIANT STEP? SOMEDAY MAN? TEARDROP CITY? OH MY MY?) This compilation isn't so bad for Monkeemaniacs afterall. Most of the songs differ from the album versions slightly since they are single versions.
Overall not a bad compilation. The best place for a Monkees fan to start. Just don't make the mistake I did! Highly recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Desert Island Disc #1, Jan. 8 2003
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Michael King "Mike" (Taunton, MA United States) - See all my reviews
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When asked the hypothetical question, what if you were stranded on a desert island with a portable CD player and could only have one CD, which CD would you want? Without hesitation, my answer is "The Monkees Greatest Hits." Their upbeat music has stood the test of time very well. I have very fond memories of watching their TV show as a young man growing up in the sixties. The Monkees had the best songwriters providing them with hits, and Mike Nesmith developed into a fine songwriter in his own right. Mike's voice was well suited for the brand of country rock he pioneered. Micky Dolenz had the perfect voice for rock and roll, and quickly developed into a decent drummer. Davy Jones was an accomplished actor who ably handled the pop tunes and ballads. Peter Tork's voice and guitar style seem best suited to folk music. Although he only provided the occasional lead vocal, as a trained musician, Peter always provided fine musical backing. The Monkees may have started out as a fictitious group assembled for a TV series, but they evolved into a real band. I feel that Rhino's compilation is the best single-disc collection of the Monkees.
1. "(Theme From) The Monkees" - The unforgettable theme song from their TV series is the obvious choice for the first song on this collection.
2. "Last Train To Clarksville" - Their first hit, written by Boyce and Hart, has one of the best opening guitar riffs in rock history.
3. "I Wanna Be Free" - A melodic ballad sung by Davy Jones, warning his female fans not to fall in love with him.
4. "I'm A Believer" - A #1 smash hit, written by Neil Diamond. One of the best hit songs from the sixties, period.
5. "(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone" - A socially conscious song, with a scorching lead vocal by Micky Dolenz.
6. "Mary, Mary" - Another melodic masterpiece sung by Micky.
7. "A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You" - Another tune penned by Neil Diamond, with Davy Jones on lead vocal.
8. "The Girl I Knew Somewhere" - A perfect pop song about a lost love. Micky sings lead and Mike Nesmith provides backing vocals.
9. "Randy Scouse Git" - A fine song written by none other than Micky Dolenz. By the way, Randy Scouse Git is a vulgar English phrase describing a very stupid person.
10. "Pleasant Valley Sunday" - Gerry Goffin and Carole King's condemnation of suburbia sounds celebratory when performed by the Monkees.
11. "Words" - Written by Boyce and Hart, this songs features Micky on lead vocals, with Peter Tork providing backing vocals.
12. "Daydream Believer" - "Cheer up, sleepy Jean. Oh, what can it mean to a daydream believer and a homecoming queen?" Davy Jones manages to make sense of nonsensical lyrics. It's the best song he ever performed with the group.
13. "Goin' Down" - A jazzy blues number, with Micky performing vocal gymnastics that rivaled the best scat singers.
14. "Valleri" - A very melodic tune with great guitar riffs. Originally featured on an episode of the Monkees TV show, it's popularity with viewers prompted the record company to release it as a single.
15. "D.W. Washburn" - A novelty number written by Lieber and Stoller, who also wrote many hit songs for Elvis Presley. Micky infuses the vocals with his good natured humor.
16. "It's Nice To Be With You" - A nice ballad, pleasantly performed by Davy Jones.
17. "Porpoise Song" - This Goffin/King song was the theme to the Monkees' movie Head. Micky Dolenz did not manage to make sense of nonsensical lyrics. For that matter, the movie didn't make much sense.
18. "Listen To The Band" - Mike Nesmith wrote and sang lead on this outstanding song. At the time, it seemed to be the final hit song from the Monkees.
19. "That Was Then, This Is Now" - Credited to Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork only, the song title was a sly reference to the glory days of the Monkees and foreshadowed their imminent reunion.
20. "Heart And Soul" - This hit song further solidified the triumphant return of the Monkees and is the obvious choice for the last song on this collection.
LONG LIVE THE MONKEES!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Listen to the Band!, Sept. 8 2001
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Like many greatest hits albums, this one is a mixed bag. While there are a number of really great songs on this album, there are also a few duds that keep this disc from being a first-rate compilation.
This album has all of the band's great signature songs such as I'm a Believer, Last Train to Clarksville and Pleasant Valley Sunday and, to its credit, Rhino Records also made room for long forgotten hits such as Goin' Down, Words and Listen to the Band. These songs alone would make this album worth buying, however, songs like That Was Then, This Is Now and Heart and Soul are mediocre if not forgettable pieces and Rhino would've done well to omit them.
Much of what the band recorded after 1968 is essentially nondescript. By then, Peter Tork had quit the group and their TV show had been canceled. This was the beginning of the end for The Monkees because at this point, the group's popularity began to wane. Without a TV show to back them up, Nesmith, Dolenz and Jones seemed to lose their sense of purpose and direction--and it shows. In all fairness though, their last top-40 album, Instant Replay, produced two minor hit singles, Teardrop City & A Man Without a Dream, and it could be argued that these songs should've been included with this compilation too.
Overall, The Monkees: Greatest Hits is a very good album and I would recommend it to any serious or closet Monkees fan. Enjoy it for the music. Enjoy it for the nostalgia.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Listen to the Band!, Aug. 31 2001
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Like many greatest hits albums, this one is a mixed bag. While there are a number of really great songs on this album, there are also a few duds that keep this disc from being a first-rate compilation.
This album has all of the band's great signature songs such as "I'm a Believer," "Last Train to Clarksville" and "Pleasant Valley Sunday" and, to its credit, Rhino Records also made room for lesser-known hits such as "Goin' Down," "Words" and "Listen to the Band." These songs alone would make this album worth buying, however, songs like "That Was Then, This Is Now" and "Heart and Soul" are mediocre if not forgettable pieces and Rhino would've done well to omit them.
Much of what the band recorded after 1968 is essentially nondescript. By then, Peter Tork had quit the group and their TV show had been canceled. This was the beginning of the end for The Monkees and at that point, the remaining band members seemed to lose their sense of purpose and direction--and it shows. In all fairness though, their last top-40 album, "Instant Replay," produced two minor hit singles, "Teardrop City"/"A Man Without a Dream," and it could be argued that these songs should've been included with this compilation.
Overall though, this is a very good album and I would recommend it to any serious or closet Monkees fan. Enjoy it for the music. Enjoy it for the nostalgia.
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4.0 out of 5 stars solid, yet Rhino could be accused of greed with this CD, July 6 2000
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After Rhino reissued all the Monkees 9 original (pre-reunion) albums, they then delivered this Greatest Hits. On one hand, they don't consider this to be one of the "9 Great Reissues", however, it's hard to deny the feeling Rhino made a blatant attempt to sucker all the fans who bought the 9 albums into buying this as well due to the fact that several of the tracks here aren't on any of those other CDs.
There's simply a load of non-LP tracks (A-sides & B-sides) here that could have easily been included as bonus tracks on the CDs including "A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You", "The Girl I Knew Somewhere", "D.W. Washburn", "It's Nice To Be With You", & "Goin' Down". The individual albums feature some of the non-LP tracks in alternate versions. For example, the "Headquarters" CD includes a different version of "The Girl I Knew Somewhere" with Mike on vocals as a bonus track, yet not the official version with Micky singing found here, even though there was plenty of room on that particular CD (enough, for that matter, to fit over a half hour more of material).
Another attempt to get big fans to buy this is the handful of "single versions" featured. On one hand, it's cool to have these versions available at all, considering the mono versions of "Steppin' Stone" & "Words", & the longer version of the gorgeous "Porpoise Song" are key tracks & essential for those who truly care, however, again, these could have easily been included as bonus tracks on the respective albums. Quite frankly, if Rhino had been so inclined, they could have included the mono versions of the entire albums on their respective CDs, & still been able to fit the bonus tracks they DID include...
Ripoff or not, this CD is critically important to serious Monkee fans. However, as a compilation, there are a handful of omissions that leave one scratching their head: "Take A Giant Step", "For Pete's Sake", as well as "She", "You Just May Be The One", & "What Am I Doin' Hangin' 'Round". Those 5 tracks were all included on Arista's 25-track "Then & Now" CD compilation, which is the disc this one basically replaces. Those tracks all could have fit on this CD which clocks in at roughly 1 hour.
OK--clearly a lot can said about this CD. To be nice, it DOES fills in holes for the Monkees fan who wants a thorough collection, & for less intensive fans, it brings together all of the smash hit A-sides.
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4.0 out of 5 stars don't deserve the bad wrap, March 12 2000
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To simply listen to this CD, it proves the Monkees undeniably have their share of enduring tracks. It's too bad that the old Arista compilation from 1986 is long gone. It included such Monkees staples that are mind-bogglingly absent here like "For Pete's Sake" which was the closing theme for the show, & more importantly, a very strong track. The problem with this disc is that it basically focuses solely on tracks that were singles, hence the absence of the aforementioned "For Pete's Sake", "You Just May Be The One", "What Am I Doin' Hangin' 'Round", & others, while including "I Wanna Be Free", & "D.W. Washburn". This disc, running about 60 minutes easily could have included those neglected tracks. Still, to avoid the nitpicking, this has such strong tracks like "Mary Mary", "Randy Scouse Git", "Goin' Down", & "Listen To The Band" which just so happened to be group written tracks. This disc proves regardless of being manufactured, the Monkees really have some classics to their credit.
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